The Which? verdict on the Google Nexus 9 We put the new Google Nexus 9 through its paces

27 November 2014

Google Nexus 9 tablet

The Google Nexus 9 tablet has finally hit our shelves. We rushed it into our lab to find out how this cheaper tablet stands up to competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and the Apple iPad Air. 

We examined every inch of the £319 Nexus 9, testing it to see what the screen is like in different lighting conditions, how long the battery lasts and how speedy the processor is. 

We combine the results of all our tests to generate an overall score to help you know whether the Nexus 9 is the tablet for you.  

  • Google Nexus 9 - the full Which? verdict

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What's new about the Google Nexus 9? 

The Google Nexus 9 (also know as the HTC Nexus 9) is the second large tablet from Google. Although still classed as a big tablet, it's a little smaller than its predecessor, measuring 8.9-inches across the screen (down from 10 on the original).

It runs on Android's latest operating system, Lollipop 5.0. And because it's a Google tablet running Google software - the two work seamlessly together. The new operating system also allows all your Android devices to stay perfectly in sync. So any photos or content you have on your smartphone will automatically appear on your Nexus 9 tablet.

Read our full review to find out whether the Nexus 9 is worthy of Best Buy status.  

How do we test tablets? 

We test each and every tablet that passes through our lab in the same way. That means that we can generate a comparable total test score allowing us to rank each tablet from best to worst. 

We examine the display in normal lighting conditions, as well as in bright light to see if it's readable when outside on a sunny day. We also run three battery tests to find out how much charge it gains after 30 minutes of being plugged into the mains, as well as how long it'll last when playing video or browsing the web. Our industry standard speed tests allow us to rate the speed of the processor, so you know whether it has enough oomph to run your favourite apps. 

These scores for each individual test are then combined together to generate an overall score and to determine whether the tablet is a Best Buy, Don't Buy or somewhere in the middle. 

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